Use real nappies

Around 6% of waste in Hackney comes from disposable nappies. This is equivalent to the weight of nearly 456 double decker buses each year. Reusable nappies can make an important contribution to waste reduction in the borough.


These informal events are a great chance to meet other parents and find out all the information you need. You can get free advice about using real nappies and a £54 voucher to spend on nappies.

Nappy demos

Monthly nappuccinos are held at Hackney Central Library on the second Friday of the month during term time. 10.30am-11.30am demo, 11.30am-12 noon pop up shop.

2017 dates

  • 8 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November
  • 8 December

2018 dates

  • 12 January
  • 9 February
  • 9 March
  • 20 April
  • 11 May 
  • 8 June

Please register in advance 

Real nappy meet plus give and take

Wednesdays 11am-12 noon, The Round Chapel Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Rd, E5 OPU

  • 20 September 2017
  • 22 November 2017
  • 24 January 2018
  • 25 April 2018
  • 20 June 2018

Meet local parents and chat about real nappies. Real nappy demos available. Bring good quality real nappies, maternity and baby clothes but there's no need to bring to take. Free entry for all Hackney residents with proof of ID, address and pregnancy or birth.

£54 voucher for real nappies

If you live in Hackney you can get a £54 voucher to use real cotton nappies. You can use the voucher to buy nappies from participating businesses across London, or to get started with the  Nappy Ever After laundry service.

How to get your voucher

  • apply online at  Real Nappies for London
  • apply using a paper form - call 020 7324 4709 to request one
  • obtain and redeem one on the spot when you attend a nappucino event

If you want to get your voucher at a nappucino, you need to bring:

  • proof of identity eg driver's licence or passport 
  • proof of address from last 3 months eg council tax bill, phone bill, bank statement
  • proof of pregnancy or birth eg matB1 form (both sides), NHS prescription charge card, baby's birth certificate, scan report or an official document with your name and the baby's D.O.B or due date

Advantages of reusable nappies

There are lots of advantages of using real nappies:

  • real cotton nappies are easy to use, soft on the skin and don't contain absorbent gels
  • your local laundry service can collect dirty nappies and deliver clean ones to your home
  • real nappies are cheaper than disposable ones, and could save you around £500 per baby if you wash your own

Real nappy support

The Hackney Real Nappy Network is a group of real nappy users who offer free advice, based on their own experience. They do real nappy demonstrations at antenatal classes in Homerton Hospital, and attend many events across Hackney to show people how easy real nappies are to use.

North London Cloth Nappy Library

North London Cloth Nappy Library can help you decide which cloth nappies are right for you, before you buy. You can hire up to ten nappies for just £1 per nappy, and we will give you all the help and advice you need to get you started. No big commitment, no big spend - give cloth a chance.

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